Monday, December 28, 2015

With Sprinkles Please

"With Sprinkles Please"
12" x 12", oil on canvas

Such a cheerful subject.   
I painted this about a month ago.  It was a fun little still life that I set up for a student, so I painted too  :)

Thank you for looking! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Flower #12

"Flower  #12"
24" x 24", oil on canvas

"Flower #12", 24" x 24" oil on canvas…. okay, I've done this bouquet about 4 times, time to move on to another.

Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


8"x 24", acrylic on canvas…sold

Sometimes I paint things that aren't flowers  :)

This was fun.  

I hope your holidays are filled with people you love, good food and good times! 

Thank you for looking! :)

Flower #10

"Flower #10"
5" x 7", oil on canvas

Quick little guy….. time flew by yesterday!
I found myself eager to paint this one at 11pm last night, not wanting 
my flower streak to get interrupted  :)

I skipped running… something had to be sacrificed.

Thank you for checking in one me and reading!!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015


"Flowers,  #9"
8" x 10", oil on canvas

I'm not sure what I think about this one…
Painting at night in my studio, I turned off a lot of lights and put a spotlight on this little still life.
I even turned off some lights close to my canvas.

I guess I'd say I was painting in the dark.  The painting kinda turned out dark.  I'm surprised, because I thought maybe it would lead to a lighter painting.  
It was an experiment… which is the cool thing about 
 painting everyday, I'm 
feeling more casual about these little paintings, less pressure…more playful.
I like that.  :)  

Okay…thank you for checking in on me!
I appreciate it!  :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Roses in Red

"Roses in Red"
12" x 12", oil on canvas

Flower # 8….. vibrant.  
Painting at night, with it dark outside, and dimly lit inside, except for the roses :)  I've been soaking up the saturated color, like a little bit of sunshine before bed.  

My son thinks I'm crazy…."why would you want to paint flowers everyday?"  with a confused look on his beautiful face.

"I love flowers!  It feels like sunshine in the dark winter"

Nodding in agreement, he walks off to his computer.
"Go paint flowers Mom!  Good job!"

I'm so lucky….
I love my family.  :)

Thank you for looking and reading!!  :)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Flower # 7

"Flower #7"
5" x 7", oil on canvas

Sweet, little baby painting!  The size alone makes this one adorable to me!
Little, cutie pie….

okay, that's enough...  
Now, I need to look up how to make candied grapefruit peels…half dipped in dark chocolate! 
Just because it sounds delicious and I watched Jacques Pepin make them on PBS…

It's at the end of this video below if you're interested too!
Actually, everything he makes in this episode looks scrumptious…
I'm hungry :)

Thank you for looking!!  :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Flower # 6

"Flower #6"
11" x 14", oil on canvas

Not a very clever title, but this is an oil version of the still life I set up yesterday.
Painting flowers and putting up twinkle lights outside :)

I hope your holidays are magical!
Thank you for looking in on my painting efforts! :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Yellow Rose

"A Yellow Rose"
12" x 16", acrylic on canvas

My fifth floral day!! :)  This is an acrylic painting.  I normally paint with oils, but I've been teaching someone who wants to paint with acrylics, so I've been painting with acrylics also.  It's easier to show someone how I did something when we're both working with the same medium.  We both use the "Stay Wet" palette …and that's a life saver!!  The paints stay open and wet on the palette, even though they dry fast on the canvas.  I bought some Golden Open acrylics to experiment with, they stay wet longer on the canvas.

This painting was with those paints.  I'm trying to get the acrylics to act like oils.  It was fun, but acrylics just aren't soft and buttery like oil paints, still fun to paint with though!

Thank you for looking and reading!  :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Single Rose

"Single Rose"
8" x 10", oil on canvas

Oh man!!  This is floral painting #4!!  I'm officially on a flower roll :)
Which means…. I've painted a floral still life 4 days in a row.  

I'm kinda proud of myself.  I'll keep at it, see how far I get!

Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Flowers….three days in a row!

"Flowers 3"
16" x 20" , oil on canvas

Okay…somehow I've managed to paint flowers three days in a row.  I was walking my dog this morning and was thinking ….what if I challenged myself to paint flowers everyday for a month?

Of course, just saying that is almost a jinx for me.  I'm really great at convincing myself of things I should do daily….then conveniently forgetting all about it by day three or four….7 tops!  

But maybe….painting flowers each day would be cool.  I love looking at them.  I'd love to experiment with painting them different ways.  I'd love to get better at painting them.  They make me feel great in the dead of winter during Alaska's darkest months….  

hmmm…… maybe I'll paint flowers everyday ...until who knows when.  :)

Thank you for looking and reading!!
I talk to myself a lot….it's nice thinking I'm talking to someone else on these blog posts! :)

Little pink vase..

"Little Pink Vase" 
8" x 10", oil on canvas

More Flowers!  Yay!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


"Flowers" 18"x 24", oil on canvas 

There was a time when I thought that I never wanted to be a "flower painter".  For some unknown reason in my mind, it just seemed like a cliche that I didn't want any part of.   Be careful of the things you pronounce with strong emotion.  Because it means you have strong feelings about them….which means... they mean something to you, deep down.  Kinda like the kid on the playground that is accused of liking someone….and they protest loudly how much they DON'T like that other person!  
Well, there you go.   

So now I daydream about florals…heavy clumps of luscious petals,  dripping with color…alive with beauty.  I know I'm excited about something when I want to paint it on the biggest canvas I can find! 

I just went thrift store hunting for different vases, cups and containers for beautiful flowers to nestle into…. for me to enjoy looking at for hours, while I paint.  It seems like the best of both worlds…. having flowers to enjoy and exploring how to paint them in a way that brings a painting to life in front of me.   

Thank you for looking!  ….and thank you for reading!!